Ricki-Lee Coulter and Christine Anu’s performances at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Wednesday night were flawless.
But their impressive vocals had many viewers convinced they were lip-syncing, with social media users claiming their mouth movements didn’t match up to the audio.
Now, Ricki-Lee has responded to these accusations, appearing on the Kyle and Jackie O show Thursday morning to set the record straight.
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So was the former Australian Idol finalist lip-syncing? No. The pop singer maintains that her rendition of her new song Technicolour Love was 100 per cent live.
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson suggested she may have had a “TV track” – where performers sing along to a recording – before asking what happened with her performance.
“I sang my face off last night,” she said. “I had the best time.”
The 32-year-old said she wasn’t surprised by the reaction because she’s heard it before.
“I feel like I can’t win. If I sing well, there’s always like ‘ugh, Ricki-Lee’s miming’.”
“Unless I have an off night and then everyone’s like ‘Oh, Ricki can’t sing, she’s sh*t’.”
Kyle agreed that it was her vocal ability that made people question if her performance was real and unaltered.
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“You’re an exceptionally good vocalist and I think a lot of people see you do it and think ‘aw, she can’t be that good’,” he said.
At least theorists didn’t ruin Ricki-Lee’s night. The Queenslander said as a child she had dreamed of performing at an international event, just like Nikki Webster at the Sydney Olympics.
“I was living out her little 14-year-old self’s dream last night.”
As for Christine Anu and her performance of My Island Home, Commonwealth Games officials have specifically stated, she wasn’t, nor anyone else, lip-syncing.
“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ceremony Team advise that Christine Anu did not lip-sync during her performance tonight at the Opening Ceremony of Gold Coast 2018,” a spokesperson told News.com.au.
The official suggested there must have been a delay between the microphones and the speakers or the speakers and the telecast.